I am an environmental social scientist, with expertise in interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research at the interface between human geography, environmental science, governance and risk research. I specialise in understanding multi-level perceptions, knowledge and incentives and the associated implications for environmental decision-making and governance.

I have applied my research focus and made important contributions to international and UK-based research on governance of coastal and marine resources and food security, and cultural and historical influences on contemporary hazards, risk and exposure. More recently, I have expanded my focus to emerging energy technologies and land use. My work combines ecological, social and economic perspectives, quantitative and qualitative approaches, and I have undertaken extensive field-based research in the Caribbean and Pacific regions, and the UK.

I also have a long-term interest in science communication, with varied experience in public engagement of environmental change, marine and terrestrial resource management, and human-wildlife interactions. I am currently applying my interest in science communication while working as the Network Manager for the COST funded Action - INOGOV (Innovations in Climate Governance) network, see for more information.

Academic Background

PhD (University of East Anglia); MRes (University of York); BSc (University of Leeds)

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